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10:50 PM ET, March 21, 2012

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Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Top Romney Adviser Says Romney Can Change His Positions After The Primaries: 'It's Almost Like An Etch A Sketch'  —  Mitt Romney can't be held accountable for his extreme right-wing views, at least according to his campaign's senior adviser, who said the candidate should be given a …
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Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Romney Praises 2008 Bank Bailout  —  Credits Bush, not Obama for saving the country from a Great Depression.  A big policy statement on a tough day.  —  US Presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at his Illinois primary night party March 20, 2012 in Schaumburg, Illinois.  —  (Getty Images / DON EMMERT)
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Top Romney adviser: Mitt will erase his conservative positions once he's the nominee  —  Think Progress flags an amazing exchange on CNN, in which Eric Fehrnstrom, a top adviser to Mitt Romney, seems to confirm that the conservative positions Romney has been forced to take during the primary …
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Etch A Sketches hit the trail  —  Newt Gingrich gleefully seized on Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom's “Etch A Sketch” comments from this morning, bringing out an Etch A Sketch as a prop on the campaign trail today.  —  Gingrich, via POLITICO's Ginger Gibson, called Fehrnstrom's comment a sign …
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
An air of inevitability grows around Romney after decisive primary win
Discussion: CNN
Alfredo Rocha / ABCNEWS:
Jeb Bush Endorses Mitt Romney in GOP Primary
Amy Bingham / ABCNEWS:
‘Etch A Sketch’ Latest Gaffe From Romney Campaign
Discussion: The Spectacle Blog and CNN
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
The Nominee  —  It is a mathematical improbability that Rick Santorum …
Byron Tau / Politico:
Obama staffers seize on Etch A Sketch quip
Discussion: The Raw Story
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Mytheos Holt / TheBlaze.com:
UPDATED (STORY PULLED): U2 SINGER BONO GRILLED ON CAMERA OVER BAND'S MOVE TO AVOID TAXES  —  Editor's note: The original Breitbart.com story has been removed and the Jason Mattera videos have now been moved to “private” on YouTube.  There is widespread discussion on Twitter …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Jason Mattera interviews someone — is it Bono?  —  Jason Mattera, editor at large at Human Events, is famous for rough-and-tumble journalism.  Last year he created a sensation when he pulled something of a fast one on Vice President Biden.  He distracted the veep by pretending he wanted to pose for a picture with him.
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Carney: Backers of Ryan budget ‘deliberately ignorant’ on clean energy  —  House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and the Republicans who support his budget plan are “aggressively and deliberately ignorant” when it comes to the need to invest in clean energy, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday.
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Ezra Klein:
Wonkbook: Why the Republican budgets make the poor pay  —  I don't think Paul Ryan intended to write a budget that concentrated its cuts on the poorest Americans.  Similarly, I don't think Mitt Romney intended to write a budget that concentrated its cuts on the poorest Americans.
NOM Blog:
The National Organization for Marriage Announces International “Dump Starbucks” Protest Campaign  —  Contact: Anath Hartmann or Elizabeth Ray (703-683-5004)  —  “Corporations should not take sides in a culture war that pits a company against the majority of the American people …
H. HooVer / Distriction:
Sign of the Times  —  Stephon stood just a few feet away from Barack Obama.  The president, busy shaking hands, looked right at him.  “It was like he was waiting for me to say something,” he said later.  —  So the 26-year-old Prince George's Community College student took his cue and spoke …
Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
AP Fact Check: In 36 Years Of Data, Not A Shred Of Evidence That Drilling Reduces Gas Prices  —  Experts deny that drilling brings down gas prices, despite how often Republicans claim to have the “silver bullet.”  Now, the Associated Press reports that an analysis of 36 years …
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Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Sanders bill would force CFTC's hand in effort to lower gas prices
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life:
More See “Too Much” Religious Talk by Politicians  —  Santorum Voters Disagree  —  A new survey finds signs of public uneasiness with the mixing of religion and politics.  The number of people who say there has been too much religious talk by political leaders stands at an all-time high since …
NBC New York:
Occupy Protester Dumped Tub of Feces: Police  —  Police said Occupy Wall Street protesters were captured on surveillance video dragging a large receptacle of human urine and feces into a public space in Lower Manhattan  —  This is raw surveillance video of Occupy Wall Street protesters …
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Jason Leopold / truth-out.org:
DHS Turns Over Occupy Wall Street Documents to Truthout
Discussion: Firedoglake and Gothamist
Ilya Somin / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Unanimous Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Property Owners in Sackett v. EPA  —  The Supreme Court today issued a unanimous decision in favor of the property owners in the important case of Sackett v. EPA [HT: GMU law student Matthew Roberts].  The opinions in the case (an opinion for the court …
Discussion: Wizbang
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court allows Idaho couple to challenge EPA on wetlands ruling
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney holds small lead nationally  —  PPP's newest national poll finds that Mitt Romney leads with 34% to 31% for Rick Santorum, 20% for Newt Gingrich, and 9% for Ron Paul.  But if Gingrich dropped out Santorum would have a small lead with 41% to 40% for Romney and 11% for Paul.
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BuzzFeed:
Gillibrand: Hillary Clinton Should Run In 2016  —  In an exclusive interview with BuzzFeed Shift , New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says she will be “one of the first to ask Hillary to run in 2016.”  Gillibrand is a close Clinton supporter, and her words add weight to speculation about Clinton's plans.
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Did Obama delay stimulus spending to aid his reelection?  —  “Stimulus was supposed to be quick.  In fact, they never intended to spend it and will not completely have effectively spent it until after the president's re-elect.  Always looking at how do you get the maximum hit when the president was up for re-elect.”
Julian Sanchez:
Fearing for Your Life  —  Most of the commentary on the Trayvon Martin case has focused on the growing mountain of evidence suggesting that shooter George Zimmerman, far from acting in “self defense,” was the instigator of the confrontation between the two late last month.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices' Ruling Expands Rights of Accused in Plea Bargains  —  WASHINGTON — Criminal defendants have a constitutional right to effective lawyers during plea negotiations, the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday in a pair of 5-to-4 decisions that vastly expanded judges' supervision of the criminal justice system.
Discussion: Hit & Run
 
 
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